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Tag: Mental Illness

The Value of Structured Outpatient Treatment

APR. 20, 2020 By Jodi Jaspan, MS, LPC When people think of mental health treatment, they usually picture either a psychiatric hospital (an inpatient setting) or a therapist’s office (an outpatient setting). Few think of structured outpatient programs that provide intermediate levels of care. These programs offer great value in managing mental health conditions. What…
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Getting My Son the Help He Needed

APR. 17, 2020 By Kyona Robinson “I’m not depressed, I’m hurting.” This is what my soon to be 15-year-old son said to me less than a week after his cutting attempt. He was in tears telling me that he felt hopeless and had no will to live. It broke my heart because I know that…
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Coronavirus: Mental Health Treatment

APR. 15, 2020 By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP Mental health treatment during the coronavirus pandemic is extremely important to ensure continuity of care for those already receiving treatment and people who become newly symptomatic. During this crisis, some people may experience added stress, anxiety and depression. In some cases, these symptoms can be…
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Being Socially Isolated with Mental Illness: A Perspective for Loved Ones

APR. 09, 2020 By Tracy Riggs One of the mental health conditions I deal with is social anxiety. So, you would probably think that I rejoiced when the CDC guidelines came down about social isolation. However, that’s far from the truth. Social anxiety doesn’t mean I want to be a hermit. I still crave human interaction,…
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People with Mental Illness Can Work

By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, CPRP | Oct. 21, 2019 I was unemployed for many years while I was most ill. During that time, I felt worthless and dependent. Why? Because of: The debilitating impacts of mental illness. The fear of having to explain my spotty resume due to multiple hospitalizations and depressive episodes.…
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How Families Can Work Together

By Izzy Gonçalves | Nov. 04, 2019 Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together. I now know that…
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Six Myths and Facts about Mental Illness

By Sky Lea Ross | Oct. 01, 2019 The stigma associated with mental illness is now called “sanism.” Just like racism or sexism, it is a form of oppression and discrimination. And there is a lot of sanism and misinformation surrounding mental illness still present within our society. It’s up to us, the mental health…
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Things Not to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness

By Karen M. Travis, Ph.D. | Nov. 15, 2019 As a parent who survived my son’s high-school years, while balancing care for his mental illness, I wanted to share some especially damaging comments that I heard from other parents, family members and school staff. If you hear any of these, I hope you know that…
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Realizing The Impact Of Mental Illness On My Family

I was naïve to think that mental illness had nothing to do with me. My maternal grandmother had died by suicide following years of depression. My mother struggled with depression and social anxiety throughout her life. I myself had been diagnosed with depression and my teenage daughter as well.

The Stages Of My Mental Illness

I was conditioned to view my illness on a scale of “severe” to “less severe.” I was accustomed to doctors describing my condition based on how I was doing at that moment rather than where I was on my mental health journey.